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Memorial Exhibition: Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Memorial Exhibition: Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Hilla Rebay
Published in 1946
24 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover and softcover

The director of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, Hilla Rebay, wrote the preface to this memorial exhibition for Kandinsky, originally published in the Carnegie Magazine (Pittsburgh) in May of 1946 under the title “Pioneer of Non-Objective Painting.” Within her preface, Rebay discusses Kandinsky’s contributions to the non-objective art movement, most notably through his book On the Spiritual in Art, written in 1910. The publication also includes a section with notes on the life of the artist, the development of his work, and his final years, as well as several excerpts from letters written to Rebay describing his observations on art. A list of the 227 paintings, drawings, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts included in the exhibition—many of which are part of the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation—is also included. 


Because the non-objective painter reacts intuitively to a superior influence and realization of the universal law, he is enabled to give his message. The sensitive and prophetic artist of our day has refined his senses to receivership of those invisible, spiritual forces which he intuitively expresses. He derives with subtle sensibility his visionary inspiration from the spiritual domain which is indestructible and his very own to whatever degree he has developed his faculty to receive. Thereafter, his creations develop with a wealth of variated beauty, controlled by laws of counterpoint, which  make his artistic message as endlessly alive and original as nature itself.


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